This stitch is an open variation of the cretan stitch. It gives a very spaced out look and defines the features of the cretan stitch clearly. It can be used imaginatively as a motif stitch or otherwise.
You need to know the cretan stitch to be able to do this stitch.
I will be working between four stitch lines A, B, C, D, to illustrate this stitch.
|Fig 1: We start by bringing the needle out from B, taking it in through D and out again through C. Keep the needle above the thread as shown.||Fig 2: Now take the needle in through A and out from B, with the needle above the thread, as shown. Remember to keep the points spaced out enough to give it an open look.|
|Fig 3: A finished row would look like this.|
Tags: closed cretan stitch, cretan stitch, crete, crewel embroidery, feather stitch, filling stitch, greece, long armed feather stitch, persian stitch